Healthy babies require healthy parents and healthy communities.
There is no such thing as the “perfect parent” or “perfect baby,” but there are healthy positive parenting skills to help guide your baby’s growth.
- Take care of yourself. If you are tired, ill or just worn out, you cannot be an effective parent. Eat healthfully and get enough sleep.
- Focus on controlling yourself—not your child. Keep cool. In the case of an extreme behavioral flare-up from your child, count to 10, take a deep breath or simply walk away until you’ve had time to collect yourself.
Infants are lovable
- Infants thrive in happy, healthy environments.
- Naturally, some infants will experience colic, trouble sleeping and clinginess. These are all very normal stages of infancy and toddlerhood but can cause frustration for some parents. The way you choose to handle these feelings is the most important thing.
- Place your baby in a safe place like a crib or playpen. Do something to relax and calm down—have a cup of tea or coffee, listen to music, call a friend or spouse, read or meditate. These feelings of stress are natural and will pass.
- It is okay to leave your baby with a trusted adult once in a while to get out and take a break!
Safe Sleep for Babies
- Always place your baby on his/her back for sleep.
- The only place your baby sleeps is in a safety-approved crib with a firm, tight fitting mattress.
- Only one baby/child is allowed per crib.
- The crib is situated in a safe location (not near windows, cords, blinds, outlets, etc…).
- There are no blankets, pillows, quilts, bumper pads, positioners/wedges, stuffed animals or other loose, soft or fluffy materials/objects in the crib.
- The room where your baby sleeps is a comfortable temperature (to avoid overheating).
- There is NO SMOKING allowed in the house/center or anywhere around your baby.
- Your baby is checked on frequently while asleep.